Welcome to the WoES PTA Website! 

The goal of this site is to provide all parents and caregivers of the children attending Worthington Elementary School, up-to-date information on events and activities associated with the PTA and our school.


SCHOOL NEWS


GRACE's CLOSET: 
Join WOES in helping local families stay warm this winter by donating gently used coats, hats, gloves, and scarves in all sizes.  Donations can be dropped off in the collection bin next to the front office.  All donations will go to Grace’s Closet, serving Howard County. Items are accepted between November 5th- November 26th.
SQUARE 1 ART: 
We have again partnered with Square 1 Art to create unique artwork while raising much needed funds for the school. Your child’s custom catalog featuring their artwork (and free stickers!) was sent home recently. Stop by the school to see a display of sample products. Orders are due November 18th to your child’s homeroom teacher or shop online at www.square1art.com/shop

REPORT CARDS:
Report cards will be distributed to students on Monday, November 11th. Please sign and return the envelope to school. 
YOUNG AUTHOR'S CONTEST:
Young Authors Contest entries are due on Friday, November 15th.


LEGO NIGHT:
Join us for another fun evening of legos on Friday, November 15th from 7-9PM in the WoES cafeteria.






COMMUNITY NEWS

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION:
 
Box tops are a classic way to support our school.  Now, an app allows you to avoid clipping and physically delivering the cardboard to the school.  More information at: https://www.boxtops4education.com/  Disclaimer: I haven’t used it, but other parents think it’s great. The physical box top collection drive has a last day to submit box tops of Wednesday October 23rd, in the middle of the “Great Kindness Challenge” week.  Please remember to check the expiration dates on those box tops.

GIRLS ON THE RUN: 
Girls on the Run® inspires girls in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy, and confident by using running to teach valuable social-emotional and life skills such as managing emotions, resolving conflict, and setting personal goals. Teams of 15-20 girls meet twice weekly after school for 10 weeks. Each season concludes with the girls and their running buddies completing a non-competitive 5k fun run. The Fall season will start the week of September 23, with the season-ending 5k scheduled for December 8, 2019, in Westminster, MD. Program registration fee is $175 and includes 5k registration and finisher’s medal, water bottle, t-shirt, a healthy snack at each practice, and all program materials. Generous financial assistance is available – no girl is turned away. Visit www.gotrcentralmd.org to register. Call 443-583-7740 or e-mail info@gotrcentralmd.org. 

GIRL SCOUTS:
 Girls need a place of their own where everything is set up to help them develop a strong sense of self, seek challenges, and learn from setbacks. If your daughter is in grades K-5th and interested in joining a troop, or starting a new troop, please contact Laura Diaz su60leadership@gmail.com


FITNESS CAMPS: The Okinawan Karate Dojo, business partner of Worthington, will be providing after school transportation (and more) at their new facility on 4900 Waterloo Road in Ellicott City! Ready for the 2019-2020 school year and fully licensed by Howard County and Maryland State, the Karate Dojo will have your solution! Services include: transportation from school to the dojo, homework assistance, game and sanctum recreational activity (karate, tumbling, etc), Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, and much more!! Visit them online at www.okdkarate.com. For more information, call 443-574-8999 or okinawankaratedojo@gmail.com.



WORTHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

4570 Roundhill Road    Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (410) 313-2825     Fax: (410) 313-2829


LOCAL BUSINESSES: Do you own or work for a local business? The Worthington Elementary School PTA would like to work with you to promote your business while assisting us with the many fun events we host throughout the year. Contact worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com for more details.





Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 12th
Media Center


ATTENDANCE: 
We strive to keep accurate attendance records for all students.  When a student is absent from school, the absence is coded "absent" without a reason. When a note is provided by parents, the absence is then coded with the reason. The following are examples of codes/reasons for absences entered in our system: illness, appointment, parent discretion. We have many students that have unexcused absences. IF your child has been absent and you have not provided a note, this is an unexcused absence.  Please send in a note stating the reason for the absence as soon as possible, and the absence will be properly coded. 

*** PLEASE NOTE *** Rate of chronic absenteeism is being calculated by The Maryland State Department of Education for our “School Report Card” being released last week.  Absenteeism is closely monitored and we will be following the county expectations for monitoring this data.  For any students exceeding 15% absenteeism (excused or unexcused), parents will receive a letter from the school per our county expectations. We encourage families to take vacations during set times off from school as designated from the HCPSS calendar. 


  

Please contact WoES' School Nurse at 410-313-2575.



PTA NEWS
PTA FUNDING:
Direct donations to the PTA are currently about 2/3 of the amount that the PTA received last year. Direct donations are the primary source of fundraising for our PTA. The PTA would like to reach the level budgeted for this year ($6,000), which is the same as the amount received in direct donations last year, to complete this phase of fundraising through direct donations. Membership help the PTA, but direct donations help the PTA more. Especially for those who have not donated already, please consider doing so.

RESTAURANT NIGHTS
: Join us at one of our restaurant nights throughout the next few months. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to WoES PTA.  Invite your friends and neighbors. 

Chick-fil-A (Executive Park Drive): Wednesday, November 13th, 5-9M
Coal Fire (Richards Valley): Monday, December 2nd, 11:30AM-10PM



PARENT VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES: We value our volunteers and the contributions they make to our students and schools. Parents who are asked to chaperone field trips or wish to volunteer must complete a brief training course online and submit a certificate of completion to the school. Visit HERE to complete the training and receive your certificate. Siblings are not permitted when volunteering during school hours.

PTA VOLUNTEERS LIST: 
An underutilized resource of previous years has been a list of individuals that are interested in volunteering bite-size amounts of time helping out with PTA events.  We’d like to use such an email list as a way to match people with bite-size tasks, and for those looking to gain experience from more seasoned WoES parents.  For those with a google account, sign up HERE. For those without google accounts, email John Gallagher at johnandthebeanstalk@yahoo.com with the subject “[WoES PTA volunteers] join request”, with your preferred name in the body of the email.

PTA MEETING AGENDA LIST: Some parents have expressed interest in receiving the PTA meeting agenda prior to PTA meetings, allowing them to contemplate if they will attend.  All WoES parents and guardians can attend PTA meetings.  To receive the agenda by email, sign up HERE if you have a google account.  For those without a google account, email John Gallagher at johnandthebeanstalk@yahoo.com with the subject “[WoES PTA meetings] join request”, with your preferred name in the body of the email.

HCPSS NEWS

2019/2020 HCPSS SCHOOL CALENDAR: There will be no printed 2019-2020 calendars. Staff, students, and families may view and/or download printable PDFs of the full calendar and/or important dates only by clicking HERE.

SCHOOL DIRECTORY INFORMATION: Parents/guardians who have completed their Family File can now access their school directory in HCPSS Connect. The directory will display only the information that parents select when completing Family File. The directory will update daily as families complete Family File or change their information. To access the directory for your school, log in to HCPSS Connect and select Family File/School Directory in the left menu, and then School Directory. Information in the directory is for personal use only and may not be distributed, sold or shared in any way. Parents who do not wish to be included in the directory should update their Family File permissions.

NEW REPORT CARDS:
 HCPSS has a 
new-style learning behavior report card to be used this school year. Furthermore, HCPSS has aligned the elementary interim progress report for first quarter and students and parents will see the new learning behaviors on progress reports as well as report cards. Please refer to this website while reading the progress report and/or report card:  https://www.hcpss.org/academics/learning-behaviors/




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